House GOP Conservatives Plot Next Spending Cut Plan

GOP plan will be based on Cut, Cap and Balance.

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House conservatives who get the credit for forcing the White House to slam on the spending brakes are moving quickly to draw up to a sequel of their "Cut, Cap, and Balance" plan in time to squeeze the next federal spending year that begins on Oct.1.

Today, the conservative Republican Study Committee, home to most Tea Party members and the largest caucus in the GOP, sent a survey to members urging them to come forward with new budget and tax cutting ideas that might make it into the son of Cut, Cap and Balance.“The RSC must again, as it was with Cut-Cap-Balance, be the laboratory for ideas and action in promotion of liberty and against liberal excesses. The debate offers us an opportunity to further develop our Cut, Cap and Balance idea by adding robust growth components, like tax reform and regulatory reform, just to name a few,” said RSC Chairman Jim Jordan, who has turned the group into an effective block to President Obama’s policies and agenda. [See 7 ways Obama can gain credibility on jobs.]

Jordan is focused on impacting the budget and Obama’s September jobs announcement. The budget is likely to be dumped into one big continuing resolution, instead of individually passed appropriations bills, and conservatives would like to lock in more spending cuts when they pass it. Obama’s jobs plan is expected to include new stimulus projects that the GOP want’s to fight.

“With only 11 legislative days left in FY 2011, I would expect the CR [continuing resolution] issue to come up soon after we return to Washington. We can keep our momentum going! To help build the case, I would once again appreciate your feedback—this time about the FY2012 CR, with respect to both the CR’s spending levels and policy provisions,” wrote Jordan, whose memo is pasted in below. [See why the GOP's "job creators" are hard to find.]

Dear RSC Colleague,

I hope you are enjoying your August recess! I wanted to draw your attention to the upcoming CR and economic growth debates and solicit your ideas about how the RSC can impact them.You probably remember that back in April, RSC Budget & Spending Taskforce Chairman Scott Garrett and I began surveying RSC Members in person, at RSC meetings, and via email—to gather your ideas on how best to address the debt ceiling issue.

Based on your responses, we launched the Cut, Cap, and Balance plan that changed the debate in Washington—and across America. 103 of you signed a letter, citizens groups launched a nationwide grassroots effort, and with growing momentum we took our plan to Conference. A few days later, the Cut, Cap, and Balance Act was introduced and passed the House with nearly unanimous Republican support. The momentum we built forced Senate Leader Harry Reid to accelerate the vote to block its Senate consideration.

Cut, Cap, and Balance helped shape the debt-ceiling law that was enacted earlier this month. Perhaps more importantly, the RSC helped drive our message of stopping the out-of-control borrowing and spending in Washington.

With only 11 legislative days left in FY 2011, I would expect the CR issue to come up soon after we return to Washington.  We can keep our momentum going! To help build the case, I would once again appreciate your feedback—this time about the FY2012 CR, with respect to both the CR’s spending levels and policy provisions.Furthermore, as President Obama plans to give his widely anticipated speech in September, I would also expect a strong debate in Congress about what fuels economic growth and job creation in America. [Vote: Who is your pick for the 2012 GOP nomination?]

The RSC must again, as it was with Cut-Cap-Balance, be the laboratory for ideas and action in promotion of liberty and against liberal excesses. The debate offers us an opportunity to further develop our Cut, Cap and Balance idea by adding robust growth components, like tax reform and regulatory reform, just to name a few. I would also appreciate your feedback about policies that can best increase economic growth in America, to help promote the opportunity society that was at the core of the Founders’ vision for America.

Please provide your suggestions as soon as possible to me, Rep. Garrett, or RSC Executive Director Paul Teller by either replying to this email using the form below or sending us a separate communication.We’ll compile your responses confidentially and report the overall findings back to you.

Thank you, and I look forward to seeing you soon.

God Bless,

Jim Jordan, Chairman, Republican Study Committee

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